CHA News Article

Disaster Planning Conference Now Includes Asiana Plane Crash Response Panel

Representatives from San Mateo County EMS Agency and San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center will speak about the Asiana plane crash and response at the closing session of CHA’s upcoming Disaster Planning Conference, to be held Sept. 23-25 in Sacramento. Participants will gain critical insight into the operational and logistical coordination required during a mass casualty incident response, from first responder triage and treatment to patient care at area hospitals.

Other general session presentations include the Boston Marathon bombing response and recovery; the Hurricane Sandy evacuation; updates from the Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the California Department of Public Health and the California Emergency Medical Services Authority; and thought-provoking presentations on understanding legal issues and the role of leadership after a disaster. In addition, the program features 16 different breakout sessions, an update on the 2013 statewide medical and health exercise, and a half-day pre-conference workshop titled “Utilities Management: Preserving Critical Systems.”

More than 600 people have registered to attend this year’s conference. The deadline for discounted registration has been extended to this Friday, Aug. 30, and hotel rooms at the discounted rate are limited. Registration and hotel information is available at